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Health Unit reacts to people leaving pets and children in cars during vaccine clinics

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine may take less than 45 minutes from start to finish. While it may be a short trip, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit officials say it is still too long for you to leave children or pets sitting in the hot car.
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North Bay Memorial Gardens is the site of vaccination clinics. File photo courtesy Chris Dawson/BayToday

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine may take less than 45 minutes from start to finish.

While it may be a short trip, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit officials say it is still too long for you to leave children or pets sitting in the hot car. 

The Health Unit responded to some reports of people doing just that.  

"It has been brought to our attention that children and pets have been left unattended at our clinics," said Andrea McLellan, Director COVID-19 Immunization Strategy at the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. 

"As the hot weather approaches we wish to remind the public of the risk of doing this and to ensure they have plans in place to ensure the safety of their children and pets while they receive their vaccines."

However, McLellan confirms there has not been any severe example of this yet where windows needed to be smashed to free overheating animals or children. 

"No there have not been any severe cases with respect to this it is just a reminder for people when hot weather comes to make sure that you are not leaving pets or children in your car while attending a vaccine clinic," said McLellan. 

 


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